Vikings Rumors & News

  • Mike Zimmer expects Riley Reiff, other injured Vikings to play in third preseason game

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "On Aug. 27, the Vikings offense is expected to be together for the first time in a game. That’s when the Vikings play the San Francisco 49ers during the preseason’s third exhibition. It’s also when head coach Mike Zimmer expects left tackle Riley Reiff and running back Latavius Murray to make..." August 19

  • Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh says Vikings players taunted him during Seattle’s 20-13 win

    Seattle Times "After he made his first of two 52-yard field goals at CenturyLink Field on Friday night, Seattle kicker Blair Walsh turned toward the Minnesota sidelines and appeared to stare down and pointed at Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer. At least, that’s what was captured by the TV cameras in the..." August 19

  • Vikings' kicker duel is neck-and-neck between Kai Forbath, Marshall Koehn

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Before the Seahawks signed Blair Walsh, Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer received a phone call from his counterpart in Seattle. The Seahawks’ Brian Schneider wanted to know what Walsh had left. Seattle will get more answers Friday night against the Vikings after Walsh looked like..." August 18

  • Vikings' kicker duel is neck-and-neck between Kai Forbath, Marshall Koehn

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Before the Seahawks signed Blair Walsh, Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer received a phone call from his counterpart in Seattle. The Seahawks’ Brian Schneider wanted to know what Walsh had left. Seattle will get more answers Friday night against the Vikings after Walsh looked like..." August 17

  • Teddy Bridgewater inspires children book series

    Yardbarker "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is an inspiring young athlete, determined to return to 100 percent health and return to the field. Bridgewater is also the inspiration behind author and girlfriend, Erika Cardona, who has started writing a series of children’s books called "Little..." August 16

  • Seahawks “Very Serious” About Signing Tramaine Brock, Texans & Vikings Also Interested

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Seahawks have done four-months worth of work on free agent CB Tramaine Brock regarding the domestic violation case against him that was recently dismissed. La Canfora says that Seattle is “very serious” about signing Brock to a contract and there..." August 15

  • Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook says he’s ‘right where I need to be’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Everything is on schedule for Dalvin Cook. Just ask him. The Vikings running back said Sunday he believes he’s making the progress that was expected in his rookie season. “I feel like I’m right where I need to be,’’ Cook said. “I just got to keep pressing and keep working on my craft and get..." August 14

  • Guard Alex Boone hopeful of Vikings offensive line that can ‘dominate teams’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Guard Alex Boone has lofty expectations for the Vikings’ offensive line. The unit might have gotten off to a shaky start in Thursday’s 17-10 over at Buffalo in the preseason opener, but Boone believes it eventually will be vastly better than last year. He spoke Saturday about what hopes he has..." August 13

  • Bishop Sankey tears ACL

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Bishop Sankey tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the season, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Sankey had four carries for 14 yards and caught four passes for 15 yards before leaving Thursday’s preseason opener early in the third..." August 12

  • Vikings Sign RB Bronson Hill

    Pro Football Rumors "After working out running backs David Cobb and Bronson Hill earlier on Saturday, the Vikings decided to sign Hill, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (on Twitter). Hill will have an uphill battle toward cracking the Vikings’ 53-man roster, with Latavius Murray, Dalvin Cook and..." August 12

  • Stacy Coley stands out

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One bright spot in Thursday's preseason opener came from rookie seventh-round receiver Stacy Coley, who made the Vikings’ two biggest plays of the night on offense. Coley, drafted 219th overall out of Miami, sped past multiple Bills defenders to turn a shallow catch into a 38-yard gain. He..." August 11

  • Vikings’ Datone Jones trying to find his place after move from Green Bay

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings could try to squeeze inside information out of defensive lineman Datone Jones about the Green Bay Packers, their biggest rival and his former team. But it wouldn’t do any good. Jones is the latest former Packer to join the Vikings over the past dozen years. He follows Brett..." August 10

  • Roger Goodell in favor of shortening preseason to 3 games

    WEEI Boston "Every football fan would agree, the NFL preseason is very boring, and it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would agree. “When I go around to fans, that’s maybe the No. 1 thing I hear,” Goodell said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “The NFL should do things to the highest possible standards...." August 10

  • NFL To Hire Full Time Officials For First Time In League History

    Real GM Football "For the first time in NFL history, the league will have 21 to 24 full-time officials. Under the plan, each of the seven field officiating positions will be represented, with no more than five coming from one position. The full-time officials will come from the current roster of 124 game..." August 09

  • Mankato extra special to Vikings receiver Adam Thielen

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The best nights of training camp, for Adam Thielen, were always the Saturday practices: The ones where fans packed the hill in the southeast end zone of Blakeslee Stadium as the sun descended behind the west bleachers. These were the nights when the air crackled with possibility, when Thielen..." August 07

  • The Linval Joseph contract details

    Pro Football Talk "Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has become the latest Vikings defensive veteran to get a new contract. PFT has gotten its eyes on the full details. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, here are the terms: 1. Signing bonus of $6 million, half of which will be paid within 10 days of..." August 07

  • Vikings’ Tom Johnson: “We’ve got the best defense in the NFL”

    Pro Football Talk "Players on the Vikings’ defense are heading into the season confident that they can dominate. “We’ve got the best defense in the NFL,’’ Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson said. Other players echoed those sentiments. Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter said the players have it in their..." August 07

  • Dalvin Cook is No. 1 tailback in Minnesota for now

    Pro Football Talk "Out goes Adrian, in comes Dalvin. For the first time since future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson was a rookie in 2007, a rookie sits atop the depth chart at tailback in Minnesota. He is Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, a first-round prospect who slid to round two. Behind Cook on the initial,..." August 07

  • Vikings activate Latavius Murray from PUP list

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been five months since the Vikings signed running back Latavius Murray and he’s finally ready to join his new team on the practice field. Murray had ankle surgery shortly after signing with Minnesota and spent the entire offseason program rehabbing from his injury before being placed on..." August 07

  • Zimmer discusses impact of his eight eye surgeries

    Yardbarker "Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been through eight surgeries on his right eye, and he is downplaying how much of an issue the situation is. Zimmer dealt with a detached retina in his right eye and, after numerous operations, says that the problem is almost certainly fixed, albeit with..." August 07

  • Vikings have given up on finding replacement for 'true professional' Andrew Sendejo

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For the first time in, well, maybe ever, it doesn’t appear the Vikings have any desire to try and move Andrew Sendejo out of the starting strong safety job. In fact, it sounds like the scrappy, overachieving former undrafted player has grown on the coaching staff and his teammates. That tends..." August 05

  • Mike Zimmer: Michael Floyd has looked ‘pretty dang good’

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "While he won’t be available to the Vikings for the first four weeks of the season, wide receiver Michael Floyd is doing plenty in training camp to ensure he’ll have a sizable role in the offense when he returns from his suspension. Floyd, who was given a four-game ban from the NFL last month in..." August 05

  • Vikings sign Linval Joseph to contract extension

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "According to the agency that represents defensive tackle Linval Joseph, the 2016 Pro Bowler and the Vikings have agreed to a contract extension. Joseph was not set to be a free agent until 2018, but the Vikings are making an effort to keep their top-notch defense together long term. They have..." August 05

  • Would Teddy Bridgewater welcome a trade to the Dolphins?

    Pro Football Talk "A year after Teddy Bridgewater‘s torn ACL forced the Vikings to scramble in late August for a replacement, a possible torn ACL suffered by Ryan Tannehill may compel the Dolphins to do the same. What if the Dolphins would trade for Bridgewater? While the Dolphins seem to be focused for now on..." August 05

  • Tom Johnson says after this season he won't be 'categorized' as just a pass rusher

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Tom Johnson wants to prove he’s a full-time defensive tackle for the Vikings as he leads the pack of what could be a heavy rotation for the D-line. Johnson, who turns 33 this month, has been tasked with proving himself for seven different teams in two countries. He’s found the most success, and..." August 04

  • Terence Newman still chasing 'hot babe known as the Lombardi Trophy'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings cornerback Terence Newman is still finding the fun in having nine training camp practices in 10 days at age 38. For the NFL’s eldest cornerback, it’s about the bigger picture. Well, let him explain. “Hot babes in college,” Newman began. “You might get eye contact, maybe a smile and..." August 01

  • Anthony Barr admits his effort needs to improve

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr wasn’t quite the impact player the team hoped he’d be last season, finishing with career lows in sacks and total tackles despite being healthy for all 16 games for the first time in his three years in the NFL. Barr admits that part of the problem is he just..." August 01

  • Vikings' QB Sam Bradford, WR Laquon Treadwell working on timing

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A day after overthrowing Laquon Treadwell on three occasions when the receiver had gotten behind the defense, quarterback Sam Bradford said the chemistry between the two is still a work in progress because they got so little practice time together last season. “He did a good job getting behind..." July 31

  • Mike Zimmer: 'No timetable' for Latavius Murray return

    Yardbarker "Mike Zimmer doesn’t seem pleased with the lack of progress as it concerns the health of running back Latavius Murray, who has yet to be cleared to practice. Speaking with the media Monday, the Minnesota Vikings head coach said there is currently no timetable for Murray’s return. Murray..." July 31

  • Vikings’ Marcus Sherels says he’s durable enough to return punts and kickoffs

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "If called upon, Marcus Sherels is ready for double duty. Sherels was second in the NFL last season with a punt-return average of 13.9 yards. He is a candidate to also return kickoffs as the Vikings seek a replacement for the departed Cordarrelle Patterson. Sherels missed five games last..." July 30

  • More contract extensions may be coming for Vikings defenders

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a contract extension last week and gave cornerback Xavier Rhodes a big deal on Sunday in two moves that may be joined by others as the team looks to lock up key members of their defense. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that there..." July 30

  • Vikings sign Xavier Rhodes to 6-year extension worth $78M

    Fanrag Sports "ESPN’s Adam Schefter has since reported that Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes will actually be signing a six-year contract extension in order to remain with the NFC North franchise. As a result, Rhodes will earn a total of $78.126 million, which includes $41 million guaranteed money." July 30

  • Dalvin Cook takes early lead in Vikings' RB contest

    ESPN "On his first day in pads since the Orange Bowl, Dalvin Cook knew what he wanted to do. He hoped no one would get hurt, but ... "You put the pads on," he said, "and you want to be as physical as you can." Cook was impressive Saturday as the Minnesota Vikings opened the full-pads phase of..." July 30

  • The full Everson Griffen details

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings recently signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a new contract, with two years left on his prior deal. The details are now in, per a source with knowledge of the contract. Here they are: 1. Signing bonus of $2 million. 2. Fully-guaranteed roster bonus due July 29, 2017 of $5..." July 29

  • Vikings close to finalizing five-year, $70 million extension with Xavier Rhodes

    Yardbarker "Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes is one of the best young players at his position. And despite struggling with consistency last season, the Vikings know this very well. Entering the final year of Rhodes’ rookie contract, it’s being reported that Minnesota is close to signing the..." July 29

  • Mike Zimmer admits it will be hard giving up defensive play-calling

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "For 17 straight NFL seasons, Mike Zimmer has called defensive plays. But the Vikings head coach might cede that role to defensive coordinator George Edwards in order to focus more on other areas of the game. Zimmer admitted Friday it will be a difficult decision, although he didn’t..." July 29

  • Vikings receiver Michael Floyd happy to ‘just focus on football’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Michael Floyd can finally put his drunken-driving conviction in Arizona in his rear-view mirror despite staring at a four-game suspension the NFL levied against the Vikings wide receiver for his December arrest. “I’m happy it’s all over and now I can just focus on football and what’s..." July 28

  • Vikings Offered Extension To Xavier Rhodes

    Pro Football Rumors "The Vikings have made a “nice offer” to cornerback Xavier Rhodes and are willing to make him one of the league’s highest-paid cornerbacks, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (Twitter link). Rhodes, 27, has appeared in 59 games for Minnesota since being selected with the 27th overall pick..." July 28

  • Report: NFL To Walk Away From Deal To Fund Concussion Research With $16 Million Unpaid

    Deadspin "The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying..." July 28

  • Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones top pass-catchers in 'Madden NFL 18'

    Sporting News "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finished last year's reign as the "Madden" cover athlete rated 99 overall, despite an injury that cut his season short. For "Madden NFL 18," he'll begin at 98. Gronkowski is the highest-rated tight end in the game, with Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham, and Delanie..." July 27

  • Teddy Bridgewater: I’m in it for the long haul

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater met with the media on Thursday for the first time since suffering the knee injury that kept him from playing at all last season and said that he thought spending the last year rehabbing has made him a better person. Bridgewater said that the injury made him..." July 27

  • Congress demands NFL pays $18 million bill

    Sportsnaut "The NFL still owes $18 million on a five-year agreement with the National Institutes of Health stemming from a concussion research program conducted by the two organizations. Back in 2012, the NFL announced that it would be handing NIH $30 million to help the Institutes study the long-term..." July 27

  • Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater placed on PUP list, will talk Thursday with media

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have much to say Wednesday. That will change on Thursday. The Vikings announced that the 24-year-old quarterback will talk to the media for the first time since his season-ending knee injury last August. Bridgewater reported to training camp Wednesday at Minnesota..." July 27

  • Sam Bradford: “Nothing has changed” regarding his contract

    Pro Football Talk "Matthew Stafford may not be the only NFC North quarterback headed for the franchise tag in 2018. Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford also enters the last year of his contract. He told reporters on Wednesday that “nothing has changed” regarding the deal, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star..." July 26

  • Everson Griffen, Vikings agree on four-year extension

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings and defensive end Everson Griffen have agreed to a four-year contract extension to his current deal, keeping him in purple until 2022. The extension is worth $58 million, with $34 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN. NFL Network first reported the financial..." July 26

  • Vikings finalizing extension for Everson Griffen

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings are close to wrapping up a new contract with pass-rusher Everson Griffen. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Vikings are finalizing a four-year extension with Griffen which should allow him to finish his career there. The 29-year-old Griffen had two years left on..." July 26

  • Vikings: Xavier Rhodes’ mentor says ‘high probability’ he’ll sign lucrative extension

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Terrell Buckley, a former NFL defensive back and the mentor to cornerback Xavier Rhodes, said Tuesday night there is a “high probability’’ Rhodes will sign a lucrative contract extension this week with the Vikings. Buckley, who was an assistant coach when Rhodes played at Florida State, said in..." July 26

  • CTE found in 99% of studied brains from deceased NFL players

    CNN "Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. The neurodegenerative brain disease can be found in individuals who have been exposed to..." July 25

  • Vikings hope early start helps rookies have fast start

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ifeadi Odenigbo turned to a group of unknowing reporters, asking where Vikings rookies were convening for dinner. Odenigbo, the seventh-round pick, was one of 35 or so Vikings players to report early Sunday afternoon for training camp at the Julia Sears dormitory at Minnesota State University..." July 24

  • Vikings' Zimmer expects Bridgewater to start camp on PUP list

    Sporting News "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he expects quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to open the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform list, reported. Zimmer made the assessment, with the caveat that he hasn't seen Bridgewater yet, as Vikings QBs and rookies report Monday to Minnesota..." July 24